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Scarecrow (DC Comics) Character Review

Scarecrow (DC Comics) Character Review

Scarecrow (DC Comics) Character Review

The Scarecrow is a fictional Character, a supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in World's Finest Comics (Fall 1941) and was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. A psychologist who uses a variety of drugs and psychological tactics to exploit the fears and phobias of his adversaries, the Scarecrow is a member of Batman's rogues gallery.

Although he made only two appearances in the Golden Age of Comic Books, the character was revived during the Silver Age of Comic Books by writer Gardner Fox and artist Sheldon Moldoff in the pages of Batman #189 (Feb 1967) and has since become a staple Batman villain. The Scarecrow has been featured in other DC Comics-endorsed products such as feature films, video games, animated television programs, and merchandise such as action figures. Irish actor Cillian Murphy portrayed the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. In 2009, the Scarecrow was ranked as IGN's 58th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. (More about Scarecrow (DC Comics) Character Review - keep on reading !!)

Powers and Abilities (Scarecrow)

The Scarecrow is a man who uses a fear based substance called "Fear Gas" to project your deepest darkest fear that causes his victims to hallucinate that their phobias have come to life. He wears his Scarecrow mask to enhance the effect of the hallucinogen (instilling fear in all who see him) as well as to avoid being poisoned by his own toxin. Although not physically intimidating, Scarecrow is adept in physical combat, using a style called "violent dancing", based partly on the crane style of kung fu and on drunken boxing.

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The Scarecrow is an expert in psychology, with a focus on fear, and is a former certified professor on the subject. Due to prolonged exposure to his own gas, Scarecrow went from being frightened of bats to only being frightened of Batman. Scarecrow is both addicted to fear and incapable of fearing anything except Batman, whom he compulsively seeks in order to ease his addiction after the Caped Crusader's apparent death. Scarecrow is chosen as a bearer of the twin of Sinestro's yellow ring as a temporary Corpsman, giving him the powers of a member of the Sinestro Corps.


The Scarecrow at times wields a scythe which he uses in addition to his "violent dancing". Scarecrow also uses a hand-held fear gas sprayer in the shape of a human skull, straws which he leaves as a calling card, special straws which can be snapped in half to release a fear toxin (as seen in Batman: Hush), stuffed scarecrows which scare his victims, and a Sinestro Corps ring (as seen in the Blackest Night mini-series).

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In the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, he has needles strapped to each of his fingers on his right hand with which he injects fear toxins into his victim.

In Other Media (Movie/Film)

  • Scarecrow was one of the villains planned to star in Batman Triumphant, the fifth in the Batman film series, which would have starred Scarecrow as the main antagonist of the film. Actors Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and Jeff Goldblum were the most likely candidates for the role, and would have appeared alongside Harley Quinn, who would have been portrayed by singer Madonna. Scarecrow's fear gas was meant to resurrect Joker, who appeared in the first film portrayed by Jack Nicholson. However, due to the almost universally negative reception of Batman & Robin, the previous film in the series, Batman Triumphant was scrapped, and the franchise was put on hiatus for eight years.
  • Scarecrow appears in the direct-to-DVD animated production Batman: Gotham Knight voiced by Corey Burton. During the character's appearance in the segment "In Darkness Dwells", Scarecrow gathers an army of Arkham inmates in the sewers and uses Killer Croc to get them from above. As Jonathan Crane, he had been Killer Croc's psychologist at Arkham Asylum. Scarecrow uses Killer Croc to capture a priest and hold him on a mock trial in the sewers because Scarecrow is angered by the priest's attempts to help the homeless. Scarecrow sentences the priest to death, but the priest is saved by Batman who triggers an explosion in the process. Nevertheless, Scarecrow escapes the authorities.
  • Scarecrow was referenced in Justice League: Doom mentioned by Batman. His fear gas is part of Batman's safety protocols against Green Lantern. Vandal Savage's Legion of Doom steal Batman's plans and use them against the Justice League, with Star Sapphire using the gas against Green Lantern. Batman rescued Green Lantern and offers him an antidote to the fear gas. However, Green Lantern rejects it with his willpower now resolved.

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